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(The Hollywood Reporter)   After 35 years, Monkee Peter Tork still doesn't get Head   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 45
    More: Interesting, Monkees, Peter Tork, Monkee Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, Easy Rider, Micky Dolenz, TV movies  
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2013-07-31 09:20:41 AM  
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No, Peter, that's not how you get Head.
 
2013-07-31 10:09:37 AM  
I managed to sell a song to a new film that Peter Tork is in with a couple of the Troma guys. Due for release either late this year or early next. "I Filmed Your Death". It looks perfectly horrible and I couldn't be happier!

http://azbestfilms.com/category/ifyd/
 
2013-07-31 10:15:15 AM  
As far as late 60's tripout films go, HEAD blows Magical Mystery Tour out of the water, patches it up it, and blows it out again.
 
2013-07-31 10:23:03 AM  
Forget Peter Tork!  He never made anything as glorious as Mickey Dolenz did!  Thank you Mickey for giving us Ami, it's greatly appreciated.

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And she's still smoking hot!

i513.photobucket.com

Can we please get Miracle Beach on DVD now?  Thanks!
 
2013-07-31 10:42:02 AM  
Nobody lends money to a man with a sense of humor.
 
2013-07-31 10:44:29 AM  
Um.  45 Years.  Also, I've always heard the reason they called it Head was so that when they made a sequel they could say, "From the people who gave you Head."
 
2013-07-31 10:49:57 AM  

Easy Reader: As far as late 60's tripout films go, HEAD blows Magical Mystery Tour out of the water, patches it up it, and blows it out again.


To be fair, MMT is pretty damn awful, and is more of a "half of us really don't want to do this, and the other half really don't know how" film than a tripout film.
 
2013-07-31 10:57:04 AM  

Easy Reader: As far as late 60's tripout films go, HEAD blows Magical Mystery Tour out of the water, patches it up it, and blows it out again.


Both are awful, but Head is worse.
 
2013-07-31 10:57:57 AM  
Atttttta... boyyyy... Miiiiike...

The Monkees are great and "Head" is a good, weird movie. It's got Frank Zappa in it, so it HAS to be good. It's like a little film class.
 
2013-07-31 10:58:17 AM  
HEAD is muuuuuuch better than 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee
 
2013-07-31 11:01:10 AM  

markfara: Head is worse.


You're nuts. This sequence alone is plain awesome.
 
2013-07-31 11:03:19 AM  

Spatula Porn: HEAD is muuuuuuch better than 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee


33 1/3 was utter shiat. It was Raybert and the Monkees wanting to kill that Monkee thing once and for all, and succeeding.

The only decent part of the entire show was the actual Monkees playing Listen to the Band at the end, and even that went to hell when 50 people joined in.
 
2013-07-31 11:03:37 AM  

Robert1966: Easy Reader: As far as late 60's tripout films go, HEAD blows Magical Mystery Tour out of the water, patches it up it, and blows it out again.

To be fair, MMT is pretty damn awful, and is more of a "half of us really don't want to do this, and the other half really don't know how" film than a tripout film.


Agreed.
 
2013-07-31 11:12:39 AM  
I'm a big Monkees fan, but when I watched "Head" I was really confused.  I decided that you have to be high to actually get it.
 
2013-07-31 11:12:47 AM  
So Head is about how 4 pretty untalented people become ridiculously rich and popular due to marketers, are now mad at the marketers?
 
2013-07-31 11:17:24 AM  

EyeballKid: Nobody lends money to a man with a sense of humor.


He's crazy.  They're all crazy!  Better not mess with me, though.

/stay down!
 
2013-07-31 11:20:11 AM  
1) He's still alive? Wow. I would swear to reading HERE(of all places) that he died in the past few years and no, I'm not
    confusing him with Davey Jones.

2) Michael Nesmith is now touring with them? I guess times *really have" changed.
 
2013-07-31 11:21:07 AM  

thatguyoverthere70: markfara: Head is worse.

You're nuts. This sequence alone is plain awesome.


Four words: "I Am The Walrus".

/goo-goo-ga-joob
 
2013-07-31 11:27:52 AM  

KJUW89: I'm a big Monkees fan, but when I watched "Head" I was really confused.  I decided that you have to be high to actually get it.


As a wee lad I used to make my parents call me home so I could watch Monkees reruns.  After watching Head a couple of times at first, and then several times through my teens, I'm at least equally happy with Head as I am with the pop stuff from the TV series.
 
2013-07-31 11:28:59 AM  

thatguyoverthere70: markfara: Head is worse.

You're nuts. This sequence alone is plain awesome.


it was that bit that sold the movie to my husband.  he's hot for toni basil.
 
2013-07-31 11:29:31 AM  
thatguyoverthere70 You're nuts. This sequence alone is plain awesome.

Goodness gracious, that was annoying. Your opinion of awesomeness seems to be slightly askew.
 
2013-07-31 11:32:10 AM  

thatguyoverthere70: markfara: Head is worse.

You're nuts. This sequence alone is plain awesome.


Pretty sure that's Toni Basil dancing with him.
 
2013-07-31 11:37:48 AM  

douchebag/hater: 1) He's still alive? Wow. I would swear to reading HERE(of all places) that he died in the past few years and no, I'm not
    confusing him with Davey Jones.

2) Michael Nesmith is now touring with them? I guess times *really have" changed.


Peter's very much alive - he had a bout with a rare head and neck cancer a few years back, but seems to have recovered.

Nesmith is touring with them after Davy Jones' death - I believe they're back out on their second tour now.  From the articles I've read with him, it sounds like he knows they don't have much time left to do this, so why not just do it
 
2013-07-31 11:43:24 AM  
Monkees is the craziest people.
 
2013-07-31 11:49:21 AM  

KJUW89: I'm a big Monkees fan, but when I watched "Head" I was really confused.  I decided that you have to be high to actually get it.


Hey, hey, we are the Monkees
You know we love to please
A manufactured image
With no philosophies

...

You say we're manufactured,
To that we all agree,
So make your choice and we'll rejoice
In never being free!

--"Ditty Diego/War Chant"

They had recently wrested creative control over their own music away from Don Kirschner when they started making the movie, and were actively trying to destroy their "prefab" image. Watch it through those eyes.

I mean, it's still a deliberate trip-out, but there's visual metaphors that actually make some sense.
 
2013-07-31 11:52:47 AM  

Colour_out_of_Space: thatguyoverthere70: markfara: Head is worse.

You're nuts. This sequence alone is plain awesome.

Pretty sure that's Toni Basil dancing with him.


It is Toni Basil. Supposedly her song Micky is about Micky Dolenz.

They played that scene during the latest concert tour. It was a nice tribute to Davy.
 
2013-07-31 11:53:08 AM  
thatguyoverthere70: markfara: Head is worse.

You're nuts. This sequence alone is plain awesome.


I don't know.  That song was pretty white
 
2013-07-31 11:53:55 AM  

BKITU: KJUW89: I'm a big Monkees fan, but when I watched "Head" I was really confused.  I decided that you have to be high to actually get it.

Hey, hey, we are the Monkees
You know we love to please
A manufactured image
With no philosophies

...

You say we're manufactured,
To that we all agree,
So make your choice and we'll rejoice
In never being free!

--"Ditty Diego/War Chant"

They had recently wrested creative control over their own music away from Don Kirschner when they started making the movie, and were actively trying to destroy their "prefab" image. Watch it through those eyes.

I mean, it's still a deliberate trip-out, but there's visual metaphors that actually make some sense.


From what I read, they were high the whole time. They were high while working with Jack Nicholson on the movie, so that adds a cool factor.
 
2013-07-31 12:01:59 PM  

laughin: From what I read, they were high the whole time. They were high while working with Jack Nicholson on the movie, so that adds a cool factor.


Well, yeah. They brainstormed the script over a weekend bender in Ojai, CA (now the home of renown taxidermist Chuck Testa). So, get stoned with Jack Nicholson and Bob Rafelson, brainstorm every drug-induced idea you can come up with to tell the world "we're trying to be a real band here!" then come down and whittle it down to some useable ones. Then get loaded again and start shooting!
 
2013-07-31 12:04:29 PM  
Head is/was awesome. Plus the Porpoise Song makes my eyes melt.
 
2013-07-31 12:32:45 PM  

YoOjo: Head is/was awesome. Plus the Porpoise Song makes my eyes melt.


That's the best, after they jump off the bridge
 
2013-07-31 12:48:11 PM  
Quiet, isn't it, George Michael Dolenz?

/and the same goes for Christmas!
 
2013-07-31 12:58:34 PM  

ursomniac: Quiet, isn't it, George Michael Dolenz?

/and the same goes for Christmas!


monkees.coolcherrycream.com
 
2013-07-31 01:09:41 PM  

Marquis de Sod: YoOjo: Head is/was awesome. Plus the Porpoise Song makes my eyes melt.

That's the best, after they jump off the bridge


100% this.
 
2013-07-31 01:17:07 PM  
"To allow the unknown to occur and to occur, requires clarity. And where there is clarity there is no choice. And where there is choice, there is misery. But then, why should anyone listen to me? Why should I speak, since I know nothing? "
 
2013-07-31 01:19:15 PM  
I've seen Head at least 20 times. The only film I've watched more is Danger: Diabolik (~50 times).
 
2013-07-31 05:22:01 PM  
Love the Criterion 5.1 mix of the film. Also, the commentary with all 4 Monkees is pretty interesting, except for the fact that they didn't record it together.

Also subby, pretty sure that Peter got too much "head" back in the day. Dude was the biggest drug user and orgy thrower out of the whole group. :D
 
2013-07-31 05:34:07 PM  

thatguyoverthere70: markfara: Head is worse.

You're nuts. This sequence alone is plain awesome.


The music in Head is some of the Monkees's best. The "Daddy's Song" bit was probably my favorite part of that weird-ass movie, and that's saying something when it starts out with Micky jumping off a bridge and being saved by mermaids.
 
2013-07-31 05:46:45 PM  
HEAD (1968).
Let us discuss The Monkees. When Peter, Michael, Davey and Micky first plowed their way onto network TV, no one considered them anything but a bunch of money-grubbing Beatle-clone dirtbags, posing as musicians. And nowadays, after their umpteenth 9000-city Take-the-Money-and-Run Comeback Tour, the Monkees (sans Michael, who didn't need the cash) are again earning their old reputation as no-talent bozos riding the coattails of the '60s resurgence.

But if you catch their old series, you realize that these four young hipsters were pretty adequate comedians, and if they weren't the greatest musicians, at least they had a lot of fun dispelling the rumors that they couldn't even play their own instruments. Their TV show was important for another reason -- in an era where PETTICOAT JUNCTION and HERE'S LUCY purported to portray the typical American youngster, this show was truly DIFFERENT, with sensibilities forged by current teenage ideals and which parodied the mindless junk that saturated the airwaves. (In fact, Timothy Leary called their series "A mystic-magic show. A jolly Buddha laugh at hypocrisy.")

But enough of history, because we're on the verge of discussing their first (and only) feature film, Head, which is not only one of THE ultimate films of the late '60s, but it's also one of my top five favorite motion pictures of all time.

In real life, The Monkees were getting fed up with their pop-idol status, and they decided to take the Big Step -- from their Emmy Award-winning series to the rigors of the feature film--and they came up with a giant fart into the face of their own commercialization; a free-form, full-circle vision of the Monkeemania phenomenon. Written by Jack Nicholson after spending several heavily 'medicated' days locked in a secluded hotel room in Ojai, California (with the four stars providing idea inspiration), Jack's final script utilizes the typical "wacky-rock-band-and-their-adventures" format and promptly takes off down a dozen different avenues at one time. Within a sharp satire of American media, HEAD analyses The Monkees' manufactured image and their television-molded personalities, while racking up high marks on the Surreal Meter.

Beginning with Micky's suicide attempt off a bridge, the film follows the Cathode-Ray quartet through a "typical" day -- dealing with rabid fans, dandruff commercials, Coke machines, giant roaches, fake arrows, drippy ice cream cones, and they even find time for a bit of music ("Porpoise Song", "Circle Sky", etc). A cohesive plot synopsis, you ask? Nonsense, because director Bob Rafelson (FIVE EAST PIECES) instead gives us a fragmented, dreamlike structure that slices up reality like a loaf of Wonder Bread, juxtaposing one situation upon another until the entire film turns into an acid-soaked hurly-burly of off-center comedy. There's singing, dancing, homages to old films, clips from old films, celebrity walk-ons (including the likes of Frank Zappa, Annette Funicello, Victor Mature, and Vito Scotti), self-satire, lots of druggy in-jokes, and constant unrelenting strangeness.

Despite all this, the public stayed away in droves. The Monkee teenyboppers (whom the film tended to ridicule) couldn't understand the flick, the psychedelic crowd (to whom the film was directed) wouldn't dare be caught at a (shudder) Monkees movie, and everyone was undeniable confused by the ad campaign (designed by a McLuhan-influenced assoc. professor of communications at Fordham) which had no mention of The Monkees, and instead consisted of a long close-up of John Brockman's head (who?). Or maybe it was a sign of the times, considering that Richard Nixon had been elected president of the United States only one day before the film's world premiere. A coincidence, or what? And what the hell does the title mean, you might wonder? Just check out the front leader of any feature film. HEAD.

I saw this film for the first time about 15 years ago. Since then I've sat through HEAD half a dozen times on the screen and another dozen times on video, and as far as I'm concerned, it's The Monkees' own 2001 -- their YELLOW SUBMARINE -- their GODZILLA VS. THE THING. Not just a good film, not just a weird film, this is one of the most cleverly-conceived masterworks of the LSD era. And would you believe me if I also said it was one of the few most cerebral and hallucinogenic movies ever made? All on a G-rating? Well, you'll just have to check it out for yourself, won't you?

"You say we're manufactured, to that we all agree,
So make your choice and we'll rejoice in never being free.
Hey hey, we are The Monkees, we've said it all before,
The money's in, we're made of tin, we're here to give you more."
-The Monkees' "War Chant."

© 1989 Steven Puchalski (who's not me, but i can't at all disagree)..
 
2013-07-31 08:26:16 PM  
"The Porpoise Song" is actually the first release of Radiohead's "experimental" period, preceding The Bends by 27 years.  (Note the thematic consistency between its video sequence in "Head", and Radiohead's later videos for "Paranoid Android" and "Pyramid Song".)

The live performance of "Circle Sky", a protopunk milestone predating MC5 and The Stooges' debut records.

And then there's "Daddy's Song", which is the nilssoniest Harry Nilsson song ever to nilsson a schmilsson.
 
2013-07-31 09:00:38 PM  

poot_rootbeer: And then there's "Daddy's Song", which is the nilssoniest Harry Nilsson song ever to nilsson a schmilsson.


i1.kym-cdn.com

"Cuddly Toy" out-nillsons "Daddy's Song" by at least 311 millinillsons.
 
2013-07-31 09:02:16 PM  

laughin: Colour_out_of_Space: thatguyoverthere70: markfara: Head is worse.

You're nuts. This sequence alone is plain awesome.

Pretty sure that's Toni Basil dancing with him.

It is Toni Basil. Supposedly her song Micky is about Micky Dolenz.


"Mickey" was a cover.
 
2013-08-01 12:32:31 AM  
I always thought the Porpoise Song was quite beautiful.  Never cared much for the movie, though.  Was stunned to learn that Jack Nicholson wrote it (the movie, not the song).
 
2013-08-01 08:15:22 AM  

laughin: Colour_out_of_Space: thatguyoverthere70: markfara: Head is worse.

You're nuts. This sequence alone is plain awesome.

Pretty sure that's Toni Basil dancing with him.

It is Toni Basil. Supposedly her song Micky is about Micky Dolenz.

They played that scene during the latest concert tour. It was a nice tribute to Davy.


Indeed:  there were only a few times when the match-cuts between the black & white sets didn't have him
in the exact same position during the dancing.  It is easy to forget that he came out of a musical theatre
background, and that he was a very good dancer who could do more than 'ring his bell bottoms'.
 
2013-08-01 08:41:07 AM  
Sooooooooooooo happy to see that other people have seen and loved this movie. I have inflicted it on friends many times.

Me: "You've got to watch this movie."

Friend: "What is it?  Wait, this is the Monkees?  This is going to be dumb."

(Movie plays.)

Me: "So?  What'd you think?"

Friend: "Uhhhh..... what..... what just happened?  What did I just see?"

The final scene has been copy/pasted many different times; once you see the movie you'll realize how many films and music videos have 'borrowed' it.

/Why don't we use classic things?  The whole phallic thing is happening!
//Quick, suck it before the venom reaches my heart.
 
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